After setting the scene for my FM17 Botofogo save it got me in the mood to load a save up so I decided that I will take control of Villarreal until the release of FM17 or until I start a save once the release as been patched to iron out any bugs I am using a updated database so all squads are 16-17 season players.. So without further a do I welcome you to Villarreal.
Finances are pretty good, with careful handling of the cash we can give the club long term stability.
My first job will be to improve the quality and quantity of the staff at the club.
Reasonable expectations from the board that takes the pressure off first season.
Founded in 1923
At the start of the 1920s, a small group of Vila-real citizens who were sports fans in general, but football fans in particular, decided to further promote the practice of this sport. Thus, on 10th March 1923 they founded ‘Club Deportivo Villarreal’ who, despite not competing in official competitions until the next decade, played numerous friendly matches.
The club’s first Board of Directors, established on 24th May 1923, were formed by pharmacist José Calduch Almela as President, bank clerk José Martínez Aguilar as Secretary, post office manager Carlos Calatayud Jordá as Treasurer, and Board members Juan Nebot, Alfonso Saera, Manuel Calduch, Pascual Arrufat Catalá, Vicente Cabedo Meseguer and Manuel Amorós Fortuño.
José Calduch, the first club President, explained that to play football “we bought ten, big carob tree fields, we levelled them out, put up fences around them and built a small building for the players”. In its beginnings the sports field was leased by the club’s owners, firstly José Calduch and then Vicente Marmaneu Ballester, and it was always located where El Madrigal stadium currently resides. It was originally called the ‘Campo de Deportes’ (sports field) before it came to be known as ‘El Madrigal’.
It was determined that adult ticket prices would be 0.5 pesetas, while for children it would be half of that price. Women got into the ground for free. In this same meeting they decided to buy the first twelve kits made from the most common and easily accessible materials at the time, for this reason they chose white shirts and black shorts. Those were the first club colours and didn’t change until 1946, when they changed the shirts to yellow (the shorts were still black at this point).
The opening match was played on 17th June 1923 between CD Castellón and Cervantes, both from the neighbouring city, and was refereed by Farnós. Four months passed until Villarreal played their first friendly match. Finally, on 21st August 1923, Villarreal faced Red y Star from Castellón.
The team started to take part in provincial and regional competitions, which led to various Fan Clubs (peñas) emerging, those Fan Clubs also had teams who played on the pitch when there were no official competitions.
One of the first most important dates for Villarreal dates back to the 1935/36 season, when the team played in the playoffs for promotion to the Second Division (Segunda División). After being crowned champions of the First Regional Division (Primera Regional) in a league made up of teams such as Alcoyano, Gandía, Alcira, Olímpico de Játiva and Sport de la Plana, CD Villarreal played two matches against Cartagena for promotion to the Second Division (in those times the Third Division did not exist).
The first leg of the playoffs was played on 26th January 1936, while the second leg took place on 2nd February. After suffering a thrashing from Cartagena (5-0), their 3-1 win in the second leg was not enough to get the longed for promotion. Cartagena asserted themselves as professional players taking the win and the promotion to the Second Division.
1942 CA Foghetecaz
After the break from football due to the Spanish Civil War and the disappearance of Club Deportivo Villarreal, the city didn’t have a team to represent them in provincial and regional competitions for some years. Despite that, football never stopped being played in Vila-real as youth championships were disputed between the different Fan Clubs (peñas), mainly at El Madrigal field which was acquired by the city council in 1942.
One of these groups created the ‘Club Atlético Foghetecaz:’, their name corresponding to the surname initials of its founders: FO (Font), G (Gil), HE (Herrero), TE (Teuler), CA (Catalá) y Z (Zaragoza). The two points (colon) at the end of the name were attributed to Manuel Vilanova (father of the Mayor, Manuel Vilanova Goterris) and to Manuel de Jeroni. Curiously they used an ‘etc.’ to refer to the other founding members.
1946 CAF Villarreal
After thinking and debating about the matter, in a very even-sided meeting when it came to voting, the group finally decided to affiliate the team in 1946 and take part in official competitions organized by the Valencian Federation (la Federación Valenciana). The new club would keep the ‘CA Foghetecaz:’ initials in the name and use the name of the city as a representative symbol; and so ‘CAF Villarreal’ was born.
According to Manolo Vilanova, father of the Mayor of Vila-real between 1995-2007, who was in charge of the kit in Valencia, he initially looked to continue with the same attire as CD Villarreal but, faced with the lack of white shirts, opted for yellow, that was also in fashion at the time, and the black shorts that conformed to tradition.
The history of ‘C. A. Foghetecaz:’ was as brilliant as its name was strange, until Pepe Ten, historic sports journalist for the daily newspaper the ‘Mediterráneo’, nicknamed them “the Czech team”.
The beginnings were not at all easy for the club, which was founded around the Granja Bar in the Plaça de la Vila (Vila square), who had to play in four different Groups (I, IV and VI) in the Second Regional Division (Segunda Regional), but it wasn’t long before the accolades started arriving.
In their fourth year, CAF Villarreal were champions of the Regional Fans Division (Regional de Aficionados) and were promoted to the First Regional Division (Primera Regional) in 1950/51, they also got to the Semi-finals of the Spanish Fans Championship (España de Aficionados) after knocking out FC Barcelona, among others.
There are many important people from this period, but the most significant were the Presidents Lorenzo Cardá Corbató, who was the founder of the club federation, Juan Vilar Llopis, Pascual Batalla Gil and Secretary José Ramos Nebot. One of the most representative figures was the versatile Bautista Monzonís ‘Bufaga’, who was a player, referee, coach, delegate and talent scout who also began the planting of the grass pitch at El Madrigal.
The team’s brilliant career culminated with eliminating FC Barcelona from the Fans Championship, which sparked euphoria in the local football world. This way, at the end of May 1952 the founding Directors, known as the “poor ones” (“dels pobres”), handed over the reins of the club to those members with a higher economic status, forming the “rich ones” (“dels rics”), new Directors who planned a sporting future with ambitious projects.
One year later, Villarreal were champions of the First Regional Division, but the Spanish Civil War put an end to any type of sports competitions. After the hiatus due to the war, competition returned to the town with the team playing in the Second Division, but CD Villarreal seized to exist in 1942.
In June 1954, after the season had just finished and after a lot of growth and development at the club, the CAF Villarreal Board of Directors decided to change the name of the club to the current: ‘Villarreal CF’. The ‘Mediterráneo’ newspaper wrote the following article:
Villarreal now called Villarreal Club de Fútbol
Having just finished the First Regional Division season, the Club’s Board of Directors have reached an agreement to change the name and thus, once the process is complete, the change will be brought into effect and their new name, which has already been made public, will hereinafter be: “Villarreal C. de F.”. But that does not take anything away from the founders of C. A. Foghetecaz, those truly responsible for the revival of football in Villarreal. In the city’s media we don’t want to overlook the favourable reception and agreement we have had with the aforementioned.— C. V. LL. (6th July 1954).
The brand new Villarreal CF made its debut on Sunday 12th September 1954, in a First Regional Division (Primera Regional) match at the Fornás del Port de Sagunt stadium, drawing 2-2 with Acero. The starting eleven were Bachero, Jorge, Casinos, Almazán, Hervás, Font de Mora, Safont, Mezquita, García Mulet, López and Segarra, it was García Mulet who scored both goals for Villarreal and the Manager was Abelardo Rico.
In the 1955/56 season, they got promoted to the Third Division (Tercera División) for the first time beating Albalat 4-1 in the last game of the season, played on 15th January at El Madrigal. The manager was still Vila-real native Abelardo Rico and the President was Lorenzo Carda Corbató.
The Yellows’ first stint in the nationwide league lasted five seasons, after which they got relegated to the First Regional Division (Primera Regional), a league which they would abandon in the 1966/67 season again under the management of Abelardo Rico. Promotion came after a decisive win at Los Silos de Burjassot with a 0-1 victory and a goal from Vilar.
1967-68 The ‘Yellow Submarine’ nickname is Born
The nickname the ‘Yellow Submarine’ was born after the song was released by the Beatles in 1966. In the 1967/68 season, the club was fighting for promotion to the Third Division (Tercera División) once again, which they eventually achieved in that campaign. Meanwhile, a group of young fans started to play this Beatles song on a battery powered record player during matches. And they sang it with their own lyrics: “Amarillo es el Villarreal / amarillo es / amarillo es” (“Villarreal are yellow / they are yellow / they are yellow”).
With the passing of the years the Villarreal CF kit changed to yellow shirt and blue shorts. It wasn’t until the ‘Golden Age’ of the club, when the Yellows were the elite of national and international football (2004/05), that the club decided to wear all yellow, including the socks, in honour of the nickname.
1969/70: First Promotion to the Second Division
The first time they were promoted to the Second Division (Segunda División) was the biggest step in the history of Villarreal CF up to that point. After three seasons in the Third Division (Tercera División) the club led Group VI, with 56 points; 23 wins, 10 draws and 5 losses (83 goals for and 36 against). First place gave them two chances to get promoted.
In the first match they lost to la Unión Popular Langreo, after losing in Asturias (1-0) and drawing at El Madrigal (1-1). But the Yellows made no mistake the second time around against Athletic Bilbao. In a very even clash, both matches finished with the same result (both teams won 2-1 at their grounds) and so they had to play a decider at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. That day, on 7th July 1970, would be historic for Villarreal as they beat the Basque side 2-1 (goals from Luiche and Causanilles) and got promoted to the Second Division. The Manager was Pepe Rey and the players that played in the final were the following: Alapont, Debón, Alcañiz, Marzal, Eusebio, Linares, Martínez, Luiche, Palau, Causanilles and Serrano.
The Submarine served in the silver league of Spanish football for two consecutive seasons. In the first they kept themselves in the league and played in the playoffs for promotion, but the following season they could not do the same and were relegated back to the Third Division.
1990-92: A Dramatic Turn of Events
After spending many years transitioning between the Third Division (Tercera División) and Regional Leagues, Villarreal CF experienced a dramatic turn of events that saw them move up the ranks considerably. Under President Pascual Font de Mora, the team got promoted twice in two consecutive seasons. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ won promotion from the Third to the Second Division B in 1990/91, after finishing second in the regular season with 48 points (17 wins, 14 draws and only 3 losses; 57 goals for and 26 against). In the playoffs for promotion, the Yellows destroyed their opponents -Imperial de Murcia, CD Cala d’Or and CF Balaguer- with five wins and only one loss.
Road to promotion to the Second Division B:
Imperial 0-1 Villarreal (18/05/91). Goal by Honorio.
Villarreal 8-1 Cala d’Or (26/05/91). Goals by Honorio (2), Nadal, Planelles (2), Aparicio and Quemades (2).
Balaguer 2-1 Villarreal (02/06/91). Goal by Nadal.
Villarreal 1-0 Imperial (09/06/91). Goal by Nadal.
Villarreal 3-0 Balaguer (16/06/91). Goals by Honorio, Aparicio and Latorre.
Cala d’Or 2-3 Villarreal (23/06/91). Goal by Emilio, Latorre and Aparicio.
Villarreal CF won their group with 10 points and were promoted to the Second Division B.
In the 1991/92 season, the team accomplished the same feat and returned to the silver flight of Spanish football. In Group III, Villarreal finished second in the regular season with 51 points (19 wins, 13 draws and 6 losses; 61 goals for and 39 against) and qualified for the promotion playoffs, in which they finished as leaders and got promoted above UD Salamanca, Girona FC and RB Linense.
Road to promotion to the Second Division:
Girona 1-2 Villarreal (31/05/92). Goals by Julio Pérez and Adriano.
Villarreal 2-1 Salamanca (03/06/92). Goals by Mateu and Planelles.
Salamanca 2-0 Villarreal (07/06/92).
Villarreal 2-4 Girona (15/06/92). Goals by Mateu and Alcañiz.
Villarreal 1-0 Linense (21/06/92). Goal by Adriano.
Linense 1 Villarreal 2 (28/06/92).Goals by Alcañiz and Reyes.
Villarreal CF won their group with 8 points and guaranteed their promotion to the Second Division.
After getting back to the silver league, the Submarine did not leave the Second Division until their heroic promotion to the First Division in the 1997/98 season.
1997/98: Promotion to the First Division
The dream came true. Fernando Roig took the reins of the club in the summer of 1997 and foresaw a very ambitious future, in which his aim was to get the team promoted to the top flight of Spanish football “within two years”. The President’s promise was realized quicker than that though and, in his first season at the helm of the club, he made history. Villarreal CF got promoted to the First Division (Primera División) to the delight of the whole city.
In the regular season, the Submarine, managed by José Antonio Irulegui, finished fourth with 48 points; 19 wins, 16 draws and 7 losses (51 goals for and 38 against). The team’s top goal scorer was Paco Salillas with 17 goals. At that time the top two teams in the Second Division got promoted and the bottom two teams in the First Division were relegated, while the teams in third and fourth in the Second Division had the chance to “take away” the top flight spots from the third and fourth bottom teams in the First Division in a promotion playoff.
And it went like this- Villarreal played two matches against SD Compostela (17th in the First Division). The first leg at El Madrigal finished in a 0-0 draw and the second leg was a 1-1 draw in Santiago. The visitors’ goal was scored by Alberto and was the decider in the tie, giving Villarreal the victory in what was a very even match up.
Villarreal 0-0 Compostela (21/05/98).
Villarreal Line-up: Palop, Pascual, Roberto, Quique Medina, Arregi, Iñaki, Arroyo (Javi Sanchis), Antonio Díaz, Alberto, Salillas and Christianssen (Parra).
Compostela 1-1 Villarreal (24/05/98). Goal by Alberto.
Villarreal Line-up: Palop, Pascual (Javi Sanchis), Roberto, Serer, Javi Prats, Arregi, Ángel Luis, Antonio Díaz, Alberto (Parra), Iñaki (Alexandre) and Salillas.
Villarreal CF promoted to the First Division for the first time in club history.
A year of transition
Villarreal CF’s first experience in the First Division was as exhilarating as it was short-lived, given that the tough voyage resulted in relegation, after finishing in eighteenth place (36 points) in the table, losing against Sevilla FC in the relegation playoffs (0-2 at El Madrigal stadium and 1-0 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium).
Nevertheless, the club commendably returned to the First Division the following season. The 1999/00 season in the Second Division (Segunda División) was another historic one for Villarreal CF, who, after a brilliant second half of the season, finished in third place in the table and so got promoted directly (the promotion and relegation system had changed, but in those days the first three were promoted).
This team was managed by Joaquín Caparrós for the first seven matches, and then he was relieved of his duty by a man of the club, Francisco García ‘Paquito’. Villarreal finished third with 66 points: 18 wins, 12 draws, and 12 losses (61 goals for and 46 goals against). The main starting eleven was formed by López Vallejo, Roca (Imanol), Quique Medina, Tasevski, Galván (Arregi), Jaime, Cagna (Gracia), Jorge López, Gaitán, Moisés and Craioveanu.
2004/05: Third in LaLiga
As the years passed and Villarreal were putting in great performances in the First Division their quality eventually came to light. The Yellow Submarine produced their best campaign in history, finishing in third place in the 2004/05 season with 65 points, behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Yellows were brilliant in all areas and, what’s more, Diego Forlán established himself as the top goal scorer in Spain and Europe with 25 goals.
Villarreal qualified for Europe’s biggest competition in the last league match of the season. It was a thrilling encounter that finished 4-1, with goals from Josico, Lucho Figueroa and Forlán (2). That 29th May 2005 will be forever remembered by Yellows fans as the day the Submarine guaranteed their place among the best teams in Europe.
After getting to the top part of the table, Villarreal could start dreaming about their first adventure in the Champions League for the 2005/06 campaign, the most important club competition on the planet.
Diego Forlán – Top Goal Scorer and Golden Boot Award
This amazing feat in the 2004/05 season also led to other records for Villarreal CF. The Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán scored 25 goals that campaign, which made him the top goal scorer in all the European leagues. He was therefore awarded the Golden Boot by European Sports Media and the Top Goal Scorer award from ‘Diario Marca’.
López Vallejo, Gonzalo, Arruabarrena, Cazorla, Forlán, Josico, Guayre, Riquelme, Anderson, Figueroa, Roger, Calleja, Sorín, Héctor Font, Quique Álvarez, Javi Venta, Marcos Senna, Battaglia, Peña, José Mari, Armando Sá, Reina, César Arzo, Cases, Fran, Verza, Xisco Nadal, Alcántara, David Sánchez and Fuster.
2007/08: Within Touching Distance of the Title
Villarreal CF had their best season in history in the 2007/08 campaign, finishing in second place in the league behind leaders Real Madrid. Thus earning themselves a one way ticket to the following season’s Champions League. Throughout the campaign the Yellow Submarine were consistent in their performance and effective in front of goal, finishing with a total of 77 points (24 wins, 5 draws and 9 losses) at the end of the season, a heroic feat which in many previous years would have won them the First Division title.
In the regular season campaign they broke plenty of records: games won (24), total points (77), wins at home (12) and away goals scored (30), as well as earning the title of the least cautioned team, with 89 yellow cards and only 3 red cards.
What’s more, Manuel Pellegrini’s side were also the best team away from home in the league, as they ranked first in away wins in the table, with 12 victories (36 points), more than Real Madrid who finished with 10 victories and 4 draws.
Villarreal earned a reputation as a team with a certain style of play but who could also be flexible, with a great manager and a squad that were not affected by changes in personnel when competing in the UEFA Cup or the Copa del Rey, as they knew how to manage the inevitable wear and tear from the three competitions. There were several new additions at the start of the season and the ‘new’ players adapted without any problems: Diego López, Diego Godin, Joan Capdevila and Santi Cazorla –who returned from Recreativo- , and Ángel López, Giuseppe Rossi and Sebastián Eguren who together proved to be decisive in the initial phase of the season. Also, the return of Gonzalo Rodríguez and Nihat Kahveci, after their knee injuries, was also a decisive factor in the success of the season, especially as Kahveci was the team’s top goal scorer with 18 goals.
The quality and sacrifice in the side as well as a mix of youth and experience were the keys to this extraordinary campaign.
In that season there were also great performances in other competitions, showing just how consistent the team’s performance was. In the UEFA Cup they did well but unfortunately ran into Zenit Saint Petersburg, who would go on to win the tournament, in a very even match that Zenit won by one goal. And in the Copa del Rey they lost against FC Barcelona in the Quarter-finals, in what was also a very even match, decided by a controversial goal from the Catalonian side at the Nou Camp.
Sebastian Viera, Gonzalo Javier Rodriguez, Jose Miguel Gonzalez Rey, Diego Roberto Godin, Joan Capdevila Mendez, Jose Joaquin Moreno Verdu, Robert Pires, Santiago Cazorla Rodríguez, Guillermo Franco, Ruben Gracia Calmache, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Pascal Cygan, Diego Lopez Rodriguez, Matías Fernández, Nihat Kahveci, Juan Roman Riquelme, Javier Rodríguez Venta, Ángel Domingo López Ruano, Marcos Antonio Senna Da Silva, Fabricio Fuentes, Bruno Soriano Llido, Giuseppe Rossi and Rio Antonio Mavuba.
2008/09: Villarreal B Team Promoted to the Second Division
The 2008/09 season would be a historic one for Villarreal CF as the Reserve team would finally get their reward after many years of work. The Villarreal B team won promotion to the Second Division (Segunda División) of Spanish football in a campaign to remember. They were leaders for the majority of the season and just gave up the top spot in the last two games. Their numbers were record breaking: with only 10 losses (7 of those away from home) and 73 goals for, which made them the highest goal scoring team in the league. And they achieved all of this while playing a surprisingly high quality of football for such a young squad. The Yellows finally secured promotion after playing in the promotion playoffs, which consisted of three ties.
17/5/2009: Zamora CF 0-2 Villarreal B (own goals by Matilla and Berodia).
24/5/2009: Villarreal B 2–0 Zamora CF (goals by Chando and Joan Tomás (penalty)).
31/5/2009: Villarreal B 1-0 Lorca Deportiva CF (goal by Gerard Bordas)
7/6/2009: Lorca Deportiva CF 2-3 Villarreal B (goals by Cristóbal (2) and Joan Tomás).
14/6/2009: Villarreal 0-0 Real Jaén CF
21/6/2009: Real Jaén CF 1-2 Villarreal B (goals by Gerard Bordas and Chando).
Gerard Bordas, Eduard Caballer, Javier Costa, Vicente Flor, Marcos Gullón, Víctor Herrero, Constantino Ibarra ‘Nino’, David Lázaro, Javier Magro Matilla, Cristóbal Márquez, Francisco Montañés, Francisco José ‘Kiko’ Olivas, Joan Oriol, Jordi Pablo, Feliciano Prudencio de Assunçao, Juan Carlos Sánchez, Joan Tomás and Alejandro Torres ‘Chando’.
Great performance in the silver flight
The Reserve team played three magnificent seasons in the Second Division, playing with talented youths, many of whom would subsequently go on to play in the First Team. The first season was the best (2010/11), as they were on the doorstep of making the playoffs, which they narrowly missed out on, finishing in seventh position with 61 points (18 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses). In the second campaign they managed to guarantee they would stay up in the final stretch of the season and, in the third, even after finishing mid-table (12th) with 52 points (14 wins, 10 draws and 18 losses) they had to go down to the Second Division B once again due to the fact that the First team were being relegated to the Second Division.
2012/13: Return to the ‘Elite’
Villarreal return to the First Division one year after their unexpected relegation.
The 2011/12 campaign was one to forget, despite having played in the Champions League, as Villarreal got relegated to the Second Division in a fateful last league game of the season against Atlético de Madrid at El Madrigal stadium (0-1). The Submarine, who had three managers –Juan Carlos Garrido, José Molina and Miguel Ángel Lotina- throughout the course of the inconsistent season finished with 41 points, which meant they were tied on points to stay up. However, in what was a dramatic end to the season, a headed goal by the Colombian Falcao for Atlético de Madrid combined with Rayo Vallecano’s last minute win against Granada sent the Yellows down to the Second Division.
However, Villarreal CF were capable of reinventing and balancing their budget in the middle of an economic crisis and took on the challenge of returning to the top flight. And that is exactly what they did, for the third time in their history. The club worked logically and passionately in the restructuring of the squad, opting for footballers who had done well for the club and Reserve team players, driven by the unconditional support of their huge fan base, who would achieve the objective of getting Villarreal back to where the club belonged.
The Submarine were able to overcome the sad and sudden loss of Manolo Preciado, appointed to lead the team for the 2012/13 season, and although it was tough, they adapted quickly to a very difficult league. The team, led by Julio Velázquez in the first half of the season and by Marcelino in the second, would achieve a record of 77 points in the Second Division –a number that had never been achieved in the silver flight-, equalling the record they had reached as runners-up in the First Division in the 2007/08 season.
The second half of the season was really decisive in achieving direct promotion, with the arrival of Marcelino and signings such as Perbet, Jonathan Pereira, Aquino, Farinós and Dorado –to add to the club’s current key players Juan Carlos, Musacchio, Bruno, Cani, Marcos Senna and Uche-, and they got 45 points, beating all their direct rivals in a nerve-wracking final stretch of the season, apart from champions Elche. Direct promotion was secured in the last game of the season against Almería (in 3rd place) with a goal by Pereira (1-0), that sparked uproar in the El Madrigal stadium that was full of passionate fans and full to the brim.
Victories that stand out from the campaign are the win against Sporting at El Madrigal on the day of the club’s 90th Anniversary (23rd March 2013) with a last minute winner by Uche (2-1); crushing victories against Numancia (6-1) and Mirandés (1-5); and the five consecutive wins at the end of the season against Alcorcón (1-3), Girona (4-1), Xerez (3-2), Barcelona B (0-3) and Almería (1-0).
In addition, the team broke their record of consecutive matches undefeated by winning 14 in a row and also beat their number of goals for in a single campaign in the Second Division, with 69 goals. One of those, scored by Jonathan Pereira against Mirandés at the Anduva stadium, was the 400th for the Submarine in the silver flight.
The support of the fans was key throughout the season, especially in the final stretch, with record breaking numbers of fans travelling to Murcia (43 coaches, 3,000 fans) and the most fans in club history travelling to the Mini Estadi in Barcelona, with an astounding 10,000 supporters in 173 coaches.
Juan Carlos, Mariño, Mario, Joan Oriol, Musacchio, Truyols, Mellberg, Perbet, Uche (top goal scorer with 14 goals), Aquino, Cani, Hernán Pérez, Manu Trigueros, Farinós, Dorado, Javi Venta, Jaume Costa, Marcos Senna, Héctor Canteros, Bruno Soriano, Juanma, Jonathan Pereira, Gerard Moreno, Moi Gómez, Pablo Íñiguez, Pablo González, Jorge Palatsí and Aitor Fernández. In the first half of the season Cavenaghi, Pandiani, Toribio, Lejeune and Gerard Bordas were also part of the squad.
2013/14: A Successful Return
The Submarine played a spectacular season in the return to the First Division
From Hell to Heaven. From a difficult year in the Second Division to the top flight of Spanish football, finishing in the sixth place (59 points) and qualifying for the Europa League. After promotion at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, the Submarine’s goal was to establish themselves in the First Division, but Marcelino García Toral and his side far surpassed expectations from the off, actually finishing the campaign qualifying for European football. This milestone has only been achieved by eight other newly promoted teams in the history of Spanish football.
Villarreal had a brilliant start to the season and went unbeaten until Match Day 7, starting with four wins and two draws, which kept them in Champions League positions until Match Day 14. In this way, the club from the province of Castellón finished the first half of the season in fifth place with 34 points, only two points behind Athletic Club in fourth.
All the while playing attractive, lively and high-tempo football. In this fashion, the Submarine became one of the season’s sensations, which they would later go on to confirm. In the first half of the season the Yellows put in some great performances like the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in the league, the hammering of Valencia in the derby (4-1) and the amazing 5-1 win against Real Sociedad.
The second half of the season began like the first, with a win against Almería. However, the team started to feel the wear and tear, as a result of the pace and intensity at the end of the previous season, when they won promotion, and their spectacular start to the current season. In the second half of the campaign the Submarine could not put a string of wins together until the last two games of the season. Even so, Villarreal stayed towards the top of the table and secured qualification for Europe with two games to go in the league.
To do this, the team went into their last league match in seventh position and playing for sixth place against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta stadium. The team played flawlessly, putting in a great tactical performance, to finish the season with a victory and sixth place in the bag. In this way, they finished an excellent season strong. The Yellow Submarine were the revelation of LaLiga with the youngest squad in the First Division (25.3 years on average) and with several players making their debut in the top flight such as Manu Trigueros and Gabriel, among others.
Individually, Ikechukwu Uche, was the team’s top goal scorer with 14 goals and beat his highest scoring record in the First Division. The Mexican attacking midfielder Giovani dos Santos scored 12 goals in his first season at Villarreal, a fantastic statistic that was the best of his career as well.
2014/15: A Season to Remember
Villarreal had an excellent campaign in 2014/15, in which they finished sixth in the league, thus qualifying for next season’s UEFA Europa League. In addition, for the first time in club history the Submarine made it to the Semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, where they fell to FC Barcelona. With regard to the Yellows performance in the UEFA Europa League, Marcelino’s side were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Sevilla.
Villarreal’s statistics in LaLiga were spectacular. After a first half of the season to remember, the Submarine didn’t stop breaking records until they got to the top part of the table; a zone they wouldn’t leave for the rest of the season.
Unbeaten for 18 matches
The unexpected defeat in Europe against Zürich (6th November 2014) was the starting point for Marcelino’s men, as from then on they went undefeated for 18 matches, beating the Submarine record by Pellegrini’s side in 2008, when the Yellows went 17 matches without losing, 14 in the league and 3 in the Champions League. The record set by Marcelino’s Villarreal consisted of 10 wins in the league, 2 in the Europa League and 6 in the Copa del Rey. Only Barça were capable of putting a stop to the Submarine in the 2014/15 season as they beat them 3-2 at the Nou Camp.
Number of consecutive matches with goals scored
On 27th September 2014, in their sixth game in the league, the Submarine lost undeservedly to Real Madrid in El Madrigal (0-2). From then on however, four and a half months passed and a total of 28 official matches until the Yellows would fail to find the back of the net in a game.
Five days after falling to Ancelotti’s side, the Submarine scored 4 goals against Apollon in the Europa League to start an immense run of 16 league matches (Celta, Almería, Sevilla, Valencia, Espanyol, Getafe, Córdoba, Real Sociedad, Atlético, Deportivo, Elche, Málaga, Athletic, Levante, Barcelona and Granada), 5 Europa League matches (two against Apollon, as well as Zürich and Borussia Mönchengladbach) and 7 Copa del Rey matches (knockout games against Cádiz, Real Sociedad, Getafe y the first leg against Barcelona).
Spectacular home record in El Madrigal stadium
A 0-2 defeat to Sevilla was all that stopped Marcelino’s side from beating another of Pellegrini’s records, this time for consecutive league wins at home, that the Submarine established under their Chilean manager in the last eight matches of the 2007/08 campaign and the start of the 2008/09 season. Even so, Marcelino’s Villarreal managed to break this record of consecutive league wins at home in the same season. One by one, between Match Days 12 and 26, the Yellows took down the following teams consecutively in El Madrigal: Getafe (2-1), Real Sociedad (4-0), Deportivo (3-0), Athletic Club (2-0), Levante (1-0), Granada (2-0), Eibar (1-0) and Celta (4-1).
Historical performance in the Copa del Rey
The Submarine made history in the 2014/15 Copa del Rey. Villarreal got to the Semi-finals of the tournament, just one step away from the grand Final, which was played in by FC Barcelona and Athletic Club. Until the 2014/15 campaign, the Submarine’s best run in the Copa del Rey was in the 2007/08 and 2010/11 seasons, as in both the Yellows fell in the Quarter-finals, to Barcelona and Sevilla respectively.
The Yellows kicked off their run through the competition against Cádiz. An opponent from the Second Division B who succumbed to Villarreal 1-2 at the Ramón de Carranza stadium and 3-0 in El Madrigal.
Then in the Round of 16 Villarreal encountered Real Sociedad, their nemesis in the previous campaign. The Yellows won 1-0 in El Madrigal thanks to a goal from Cheryshev. In the second leg, played at the Anoeta stadium, the Submarine were capable of getting a draw, with goals from Gerard Moreno and Giovani dos Santos, to qualify for the Quarter-finals.
It was there that Getafe were waiting for them. The side from Madrid stood up t the Yellows with all they had, but the Submarine were too strong and went through to the Semi-finals thanks to a great free kick by Bruno Soriano at El Madrigal (1-0) and an opportunist goal by Gerard Moreno in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (0-1).
In the Semi-finals Villarreal took on Barcelona. The Submarine had already made history, but they wanted more. In spite of that, the knockout tie will be remembered for the misfortune of Bruno Soriano’s injury as the Yellows fell to Barcelona (3-1 and 1-3) and their dream of reaching their first Final came to an end.
2015-16 Raising the Bar
The 2015/16 season was a dream one for Villarreal who finished with 64 points in the LaLiga table, which won them the right to play in the Champions League Qualifying play-offs. Marcelino’s side made El Madrigal stadium into a fortress, where none of the ‘big’ teams were able to win, and made fans start dreaming about a dream season, due to a brilliant first half of the season. It went like this.
Leaders and an outrageous first half of the season
Leaders and a points record. In the first half of the season Villarreal accomplished a feat that had never been achieved before: the Yellows were leaders of LaLiga. It was on Match Day 6, after beating Atlético de Madrid, that the Submarine were sitting on top of the table, a privilege they would sustain for two weeks. What’s more, Villarreal equalled their best record in history by racking up 39 points in the first half of the season (twelve wins, three draws and four losses), the same as in the 2010/11 season.
The Submarine’s success in front of goal -12 goals scored by the in-form Bakambu in the first round of games- put them at the very top part of the table, finishing with eight points above fifth place and six consecutive wins before Christmas. In addition, all the ‘big’ teams that passed through the home of the Yellows: Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia and Real Madrid had to give up in the end and leave El Madrigal with less than three points.
The Submarine didn’t take their foot off the pedal
Ahead of the second stretch of the season, the Yellows achieved something even more difficult by combining the huge demand of the league with their progress in the Europa League, where they were taking down tough rivals one by one: Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen… nothing could stop the Yellows. Villarreal went undefeated for fourteen games (from Match Day 14 to 27) in just as spectacular a start to the second half of the season as the first. In the final stretch, even with high levels of fatigue, the Submarine managed to secure a fourth place finish in LaLiga against Valencia at the Mestalla on Match Day 36 (0-2). Winning them the right to play in the next edition of the Champions League, their fourth time participating in Europe’s biggest competition.
Little presence in the Copa del Rey
It was not the best year in the Copa del Rey for the Submarine. They were paired with Huesca in the Round of 32, Marcelino’s side taking down the team from Aragón in the end after falling 3-2 in the first leg, but turning that around in the second (2-0). In the Round of 16 a tough opponent awaited the Yellows: Athletic Club, one of the specialists of this competition.
In the first leg the Yellows put themselves up 0-2, but the locals equalized and then finished off the tie 3-2 in San Mamés. The second leg, finishing 0-1 in favour of the team from Bilbao, meant Villarreal were eliminated from the competition, making Athletic the only team, along with Celta, Las Palmas and Deportivo, to win at El Madrigal in the 2015/16 season.
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- “Knocked out by Langreo (1-0 and 1-1), played in a promotion decider against Bilbao and got promoted (2-1 first leg, 2-1 second leg and 2-1 third match at the Bernabeu).”
- Played in the Relegation Playoffs against Gerona (1-2 and 2-0) and stayed up in the Second Division.
- Played in the Relegation Playoffs against Guadalajara (2-0 and 1-1) and went down to the Regional Preferente Division.
- Played in the Promotion Playoffs and after winning their group (Balaguer, Imperial and Cala d’Or) were promoted to the Second Division B.
- Promoted to the Second Division after winning Group 2 (Salamanca, Gerona and Balompédica Linense).
- Promoted to the First Division for the first time after beating SD Compostela (0-0 and 1-1).
- Played in the Relegation Playoffs and went down to the Second Division after losing to Sevilla (0-2 and 1-0).
History Of Club Badges
VILLARREAL CF (2) (1966)
The current badge is a modern version of the previous one and has been uninterruptedly used since the 1966/67 season.
VILLARREAL CF (1) (1954)
In July 1954 the Board of Directors agreed to change the name of the club from ‘CAF Villarreal’ to the current ‘Villarreal CF’, adopting a new representative badge for the 1954/55 season.
CAF VILLARREAL (1942)
This badge belonged to ‘Club Atlético Foghetecaz:’ one of the most important amateur teams to emerge in the city in 1942, whose name is an acronym of the initials of the names of its founders.
CD VILLARREAL (1923)
This was the badge used by ‘Club Deportivo Villarreal’ since it was founded in 1923 until its disappearance nineteen years later. Although there was a hiatus due to the Spanish Civil War.